Thursday, October 25, 2018

Film Review - Halloween (2018)

Halloween is produced by Jason Blum and John Carpenter returns as executive producer and composes part of the score for this movie and 40 years have passed since the events of the original Halloween film from 1978 but Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) still hasn’t forgotten that night but when Michael Myers escapes from state custody Laurie vows to kill him once and for all.

Halloween is a great continuation of the series and smartly it only follows on from the 1978 original and ignores all of the other sequels that were made over the years so you only have to watch that film and your all set for this new one and there are multiple reasons I feel this new sequel works really well.

- Firstly it is great to hear that proper music for Halloween, Carpenter and his son Cody along with Daniel Davies do a great job of putting new themes while also playing the iconic themes from the original film and when those themes play in the movie it raises you in your seat and really adds to the suspense and tension of the scenes it plays under and I was watching more awarely and tapping my fingers.

- Secondly Michael Myers is menacing again, his shape of pure evil the tale of the Boogeyman personified (though John Wick could’ve killed him as he is the man you send to kill the fucking boogeyman and I did think of that during the film) is so so wonderful to watch as like in the original he feels like an elemental force of pure evil that cannot be bargained with, reasoned with and doesn’t feel pity or remorse or fear when he comes for you be afraid, be very afraid.

- And lastly Jamie Lee Curtis is fantastic again as Laurie and though the hand of the late Debra Hill isn’t felt with the writing of her character as it was in the original director David Gordon Green and his co-writers Danny McBride and Jeff Fradley do a good job of honouring the character from the first film and building upon it for this new film but 2 others deserve special mention as well.

And they are Judy Greer and Andi Matichak they really hold their own with Jamie Lee in this movie and it was terrific to see the 3 generations of Strode women fight off Michael Myers.

And also before I finish up there is some great MA15 horror violence in this movie and if you are squeamish I would want to either avoid this movie and take someone with you as there are some brutal deaths on show which I loved every moment of.

And so that was Halloween and it was a really fun movie for me that is also one of my favourites of the year so far, 4 out of 5.

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